Trent Alexander-Arnold turns 20 this weekend. Here’s a list of his accomplishments:
53 senior squad appearances
1 league goal & 2 Champion’s League goals
Reaching a Champion’s League Final
Called up to the England squad
Playing in the World Cup
Nominated for Golden Boy Award
Scouser Trent Alexander-Arnold rose to be a first team starter after full-back Nathaniel Clyne was injured, managing to awe us with an incredible goal in the Champion’s League playoff game against Hoffenheim.
Since then, he has proven to be a rising star, adjusting as a central midfielder to play at right back. He’s made an impact on the team, being a key force both defensively and offensively.
Trent played a key role in Liverpool’s journey to the Champion’s League final.
After the two legs of the quarterfinals against Manchester City, Steven Gerrard had this to say:
Look at his age, the magnitude of the game over both legs, who he was up against…He has to be the star man over two legs. To be fair to the kid he stood up so well…The manager’s confidence in him to keep him on with a yellow card speaks volumes of their relationship…
And Rio Ferdinand added:
First leg, after coming off the back of two poor games where he’d had two big mistakes that cost goals for Liverpool. To come off that pressure and produce a performance like that, and really, one v one going out there, he was brave on the front foot, defending against a talented Sane. He looks so comfortable. Not only defensively was he fantastic, but when he had the ball, his distribution to front areas and finding a teammate was superb for a young boy.
Fans couldn’t resist the urge to meme him after he dominated Leroy Sane over the two legs, joking, “Imagine how great Trent could be if he could empty his pocket of Leroy Sane.”
This season, he’s fighting to keep his spot as Nathaniel Clyne returns fully fit and hungry for minutes. TAA played a massive role in the Reds’ win over PSG, where he managed to fit Neymar in his pocket quite nicely.
He’s a clear favorite for Liverpool supporters, but he joins the shortlist for the Golden Boy Award with the likes of Vinicius Junior, Justin Kluivert, and Kylian Mbappe. While Mbappe won the award last year, he did shatter records at this year’s World Cup and go on to win it with France, and is the clear front-runner to win.
Avoiding the cliche that it’s an honor to be nominated, totally unbiased Liverpool supporters will say TAA deserves all the awards for helping propel our squad to new, unexpected heights, and contributing moments of breathtaking football.
In our book, Trent, you’ve already won.
For all you LFC supporters and Star Wars fans, this thing of beauty: